Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Vancouver, Wa
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Our oldest is 15, he’s the one below licking our bunny. He is deaf and blind also and wears a belly band all the time. We thought he wouldn’t make it through the night 6 months ago and started him on Gabapentin. It was a big help and we could pick him up without him screaming. JoJo also has to be carried up and down the stairs. He has had several teeth pulled but manages to eat just fine. Like Taffy, his appetite is still strong! After 12 years of dementia with my mother-in-law (8 with my dad) it was clear 2 years ago that JoJo had it also and our vet agreed. He’s following the same path of my mother-in-law. He also has seizures occasionally and patellar luxation but neither have ever slowed him down in the past.
We’ve done exactly what Boosdad does. JoJo has a specific path he follows and if anything is in the way he just climbs over it or stops until he gets help. Shortly after getting Jodie I researched info on deaf and blind toddlers and how they transition from parallel play to engagement. Detecting air movement is a vital skill for interacting as are distinctions between light and dark. I taught Jodie how to move and interact accordingly. When she gets to hyped up I say “Go get Cotton” and off she goes.
The decision of euthanasia is very personal as others have indicated. Our circumstances are different than others so our timing will be as well. I wish you peace with Taffy and whatever your decision is.
Last edited by JaJa; 11-21-2020 at 03:51 PM.